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Can a Natural Gas Leak Cause an Explosion?

Can a Natural Gas Leak Cause an Explosion?

A natural gas leak can create an explosion, if their is an ignition source and the leak is severe enough. While this is fairly rare, gas leaks are incredible dangerous and should be handled with great care. If you detect leaking natural or propane gas inside your home or business, take a note of where you detected the leak and immediately call your local service for gas line repair.

What are the Symptoms of a Gas Leak?

One of the first signs of a gas leak is a smell of sulfur, or rotten eggs. Your local gas company infuses this smell into your gas supply (which is normally odorless), so that you can quickly detect a leak. Smaller leaks can be harder to spot however, especially if they pop up in an area of your home with less foot traffic. You may start to feel physical effects after an extended leak. Medical News Today has a great article on the medical repercussions of a prolonged gas exposure, which include dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. 

Who is Responsible for Gas Line Repair Costs?

If you are in a situation where you need gas line repair, financial responsibility depends on where the leak occurs. Your local plumber will be happy to provide a pressure test and fix the line, though you should definitely call your utility company first to turn off the gas. If the leak originated inside your home, your family will be responsible for the repair costs, while the gas company will pay if the leak started on the street line. The only part that varies is the connecting pipe between the street line and your gas meter; some utility companies cover this area, while others do not.

Qualified Gas Line Repair and Pressure Testing

Are you having problems with low gas pressure, or do you suspect a gas leak? Call (214) 935-3969, and you can talk with one of our experts about getting a pressure test for your system. Natural and propane gas leaks are very dangerous. While explosions may be rare, make sure you respond quickly if you detect a leak!


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